PowerPoint Presentation Tips

Basic Power Point
Some tips to make your
Basic Rules for Presentations
• Contrast is important.
• For paper…
– Dark text on a light background.
Basic Rules for Presentations
• For projection…
– Light text on a semi-dark
– The eye is attracted to the light
on the screen.
Basic Rules for Presentations
• Stick with a single
– The background is the stage for
your information.
– Set the stage and leave it alone!
Basic Rules for Presentations
• Don’t try to dazzle the audience
with graphics or style…but with
the information.
• The medium is not the message.
• The information is the message.
Basic Rules for Presentations
• Do not center bullet points.
• It makes the text ragged.
• And hard to read and follow with your eyes.
Basic Rules for Presentations
• Generally, left-justify bullets.
• This keeps things neat..
• and easy to follow.
Basic Rules for Presentations
Centered graphics leave little room for text.
Basic Rules for Presentations
•Place graphics off-center.
•More room for text.
•Better balance.
•More pleasing to the eye.
•Left placement leads the
eye to the text.
Use Restraint With Fonts
• Employ only a few..stick to familiar fonts
• Stay away from gimmicky fonts unless for a
• Keep type sizes consistent.
• Serif vs San Serif.
Choose Fonts Wisely
• Italics are more difficult to read.
• Use bold when you want some words to
stand out.
• Font size
– Easy to read (18 pt)
– Easy to read (24 pt)
– Easy to read (32 pt)
–Easy to read (48 pt)
Avoid Text Overload
Having too much text on the screen can defeat
the purpose of using PowerPoint. The slides
begin to look like a jumble of text, making
slides difficult to read and unrecognizable
from each other. People will either try to
read everything or copy everything down or
they will lose interest. List only the key
points. If you have more info to include use
more slides or create handouts.
Basic Rules That You Must
Have to Have a Good
•One of the most common
mistakes in creating a
presentation is to place too
much information on the
screen. This can cause the
reader to become distracted
from the speaker…just like
you are now. Audiences are
much more receptive to the
spoken word.
Basic Presentation Mistakes.
•Too much information.
• Reader gets distracted
• Audiences are much more receptive to
the spoken word.
Basic Rules
Keep it simple..
• Make bulleted points easy to read.
• Keep text easy to understand.
• Use concise wording.
• Bullets are focal points.
• Presenter provides elaboration.
• Keep font size large.
Basic Power Point Guidelines
• Use builds…don’t give them
too much info at once.
• Stick with the same transition.
• Be creative but leave some
color choices to professionals.
• Six words per line.
• Six lines per page.
Choosing a Color Scheme
• Stick with power point defaults.
• What may look good on your computer may
be unreadable in the classroom.
• Remember to use strong, contrasting colors.
Use Contrasting Colors
• Light colors on dark
• Dark colors on light
Clip Art & Graphics
• A few excellent graphics are better than
many poor ones.
• Photographs can be powerful.
• Use sparingly!
•Religious leader
•Civil rights
•Labor activist
•Antiwar activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
•Religious leader
•Civil rights
•Labor activist
•Antiwar activist